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Conor Corrigan

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Does the "occupy Wall Street" "movement" really make a difference? What purpose does the "movement" serve?

There are many different ways that ideas can spark a movement towards action and change. It is unclear what the "occupy" movement expects to accomplish. What are the ideas that the occupy Wall Street movement share? The people participating in the "occupy Wall Street" protests, stagings, and sit-ins commonly compare their movement to the "Tea Party"... Is this a fair comparison? Are the "occupiers" making any progress whatsoever?

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    Sep 19 2012: Where has "Occupy Wall St" become a movement?
    The basic problem with Occupy was that never actually became representative of the 99% it reached out to. It never represented even 51% of the 99%. Occupy became increasingly progressive in its focus, and this alienated many of the people that were initially attracted to the protest. But this block of middle aged, middle class voters, who were angry about the erosion of their lifestyle, merely wanted the Democratic Party and the president to demonstrate more concern about their plight in the recession. They wanted their job security, lower interest rates on student loans for their children, and to feel secure that they would not lose their homes.
    On the other help, Occupy Wall St. wanted a revolution, and had a laundry list of complains that even they could not agree on. This was there downfall.

    OWS, R.I P.

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